Hi, I'm Michiko.
I'm a national certified English tour guide.Since I was born and raised in Nara, I'm familiar with the sightseeing spots and attractions of Nara, and neighboring city, Kyoto.
Nara and Kyoto, old capitals of Japan, retain time honoured structures and art works. What is more, beautiful gardens and picturesque landscapes are always waiting for you!
I'm also a traveler who especially love to explore local foods and crafts, which have been passed down from generation to generation.
I'll try to guide you with best hospitality. When you have a chance to visit Nara,Kyoto and Osaka, please contact me anytime and join my tour!
I will be looking forward to seeing you.See you soon!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We had a great time in the beautiful city of Nara in large part due to Michiko. Our time in Nara was limited to 5 hours but we saw a lot and it was enough of a look to know we want to return soon. Michiko was a delightful guide and we enjoyed our time with her. She started the day by giving us cute wooden bus passes that we used several times during our visit. Our first stop was a visit to Kofukuji and the interesting Kofukuji National Treasure Museum which helped get us into the right mindset for the day. Michiko guided us expertly through this wonderful museum. She was full of information and seemed to instinctively know where we wanted to linger and where we could move on. She took us through and around the temple grounds to give us different perspectives of the property and buildings. Michiko made good use of all of our time and even squeezed in an "extra" stop at a hidden linen shop before an early and delicious lunch. Next, we were on to another short bus ride to see more deer and the beautiful Todaiji Temple. The massive Buddha in the main hall is quite a sight and not to be missed! Michiko explained numerous details that added color and to our understanding of what we were seeing. Michiko is quick without rushing, she easily walks backwards while sharing information about the areas we are about to enter and amazingly slips through the crowds of people. She patiently waited as my knees slowed us down a bit at the steps and took us on a less steep way into Kasuga Taisha. Once there, she painted a picture in our minds of the darkness of the area and what it would look like when the lanterns are lit like they are a few times a year. All too soon, it was time to head back to the train station but we felt we had seen and learned a lot. We were back to the station by bus right on time and we didn't have to wait for the train. We even had time to stop to see Fushimi Inari on our way back to Kyoto. It was a great day!
Taylored tour as we moved from place to place to accommodate my wifes limited walking endurance. Took us to a very nice teahouse at the end of our tour where we shared small talk and relaxed - very nice.1
Michiko took us around Nara. We were short on time and she efficiently took us to the places we wanted to see. Her English is excellent. She has a very pleasing personality. We were happy with her tour.
Michiko-san is a very nice and accommodating tour guide. Very friendly and happy to share the Japanese culture with us and learn of our Chinese culture. She patiently waits for us and don't rush us to walk faster or take pictures faster just to be on schedule. Unlike other guides we had before, she didn't get mad and try to stop us when we kept stopping to try the local foods even though we were really behind schedule. She also went with us to another place even though it's not part of the tour anymore. She responds fast to all our questions and do her best to give us the answers we need. Overall, our experience was enjoyable and fun because of her. I definitely recommend her to people who wants to visit kansai area.